City Council to tackle P4.6-billion steel plant bid

Subscribe Now January 24, 2012 at 09:26am

THE Davao City Council is set to include in its next sessions' agenda the request of a businessman in Bunawan to construct a P4.6-billion steel plant. Davao City Councilor Bernard Al-ag said Monday the steel company is seeking the reclassification of a parcel of land in Bunawan District from medium industrial zone to heavy industrial zone.

Al-ag said the City Council has deliberated the same item during their regular session last week.

"I am not sure if it is calendared to Tuesday (January 24) for final discussion and voting," Al-ag said.

After they are done in discussing the proposal, the item will be up for second reading wherein the council will vote for the adaptation of the committee report and approval of the ordinance on second reading.

According to the law, before a request for land reclassification be granted with finality by the City Hall, it has to get at least 18 votes from all the members of the City Council.

The City Council has 27 members, including the newly installed representative of the indigenous peoples and Muslim affairs to the City Council.

Last Sunday, Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte warned all investors who are planning to put up all sorts of businesses in the city not to even dare to bribe any public official, especially members of the city's legislative body in exchange for the approval of legal requirements to begin with a project.

The vice mayor recalled how some members of the City Council were rumored to have received "thank-you" money from a businessman seeking the council's favorable endorsement of their project.

Last year, two separate alleged bribery incident have been publicized involving some members of the City Council and the other controversy involving a lone councilor prompting him to resign from the committee he was handling.


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